CanCon European Guide on Quality Improvement in Comprehensive Cancer Control - Chapter 7 : Survivorship and rehabilitation

T. Albreht, J.M. Borrás Andrés, M. Dalmas, F. De Lorenzo, C. Ferrari, C. Honing, R. Huovinen, S. Kaasa, R. Kiasuwa, A.K. Knudsen, W. Ko, H. Krogstad, V. Mattioli, A.M. Barceló, R. Peiró Pérez

Main messages

  • Cancer survivors’ follow-up, late effect management and tertiary prevention needs to be anticipated, personalized and implemented into care pathways, with active participation of survivors and relatives.
  • Improvement of early detection of patients’ needs and their access to rehabilitation, psychosocial and palliative care services is required.
  • An integrated and multiprofessional care approach with a coordination of community care providers and services are needed to implement a survivorship care plan that enhances patient’s self-management and quality of life.
  • For children, adolescents and young adults survivors, late health and psychosocial effects of cancer and its treatments need to be anticipated and addressed.
  • More research in the area of survivorship is needed to provide data on late effects, as well as the impact and cost-effectiveness of supportive care, rehabilitation, palliative and psychosocial care interventions.